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parachute close by. they think he survived. now the mystery is what happened with the pilot. >> they think he got out. we're going to let you get home. you have to get home for mother's day. be good to mom today. happy mother's day. thanks so much for watching today. you can always continue the conversation with me on twitter @randikayecnn. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right now. romney woos the religious right and obama nags lawmakers. today the president's to-do list for congress. >> there are only five things on this list. because i don't want to overload congress with too much at once. >> road testing the fall campaign with senators dick durbin and john cornyn. then where next for the gay marriage issue with democratic governor john hickenlooper of
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cold. i take your sign hospitality as a sign of things to come. >> tony perkins and gary bauer and the politics of top secret with homeland security xharn jor joe lieberman and congressman peter king. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." the president's congressional to-do list is as broad as it is unlikely to pass. job outsourcing, mortgages, small business tax credits, clean energy, and jobs for vets. the beauty of the president's to-do list, what doesn't get done becomes campaign fodder. the question is whether congress will be anything more this year than a campaign prop. joining me now from springfield, illinois, the number two democrat in the senate, dick durbin, and here in washington the man charged with electing more republicans to the senate, senator john cornyn. thank you both for being here. let me start out, i want to play something that senator durbin said in mid-april to kind of kick off our conversation.
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senator, let he remind you of what you said, which was unless there is some intervening event, some external event, i think the reality is we are knotted going to take up tough issues involving spending, taxes, medicare, social security before an election. my question to both of you, and i'll start with you, senator cornyn, is why are you all here at this point. nobody wants to do anything big because they think the other might get the advantage, and you're going to do it all in the lame duck or try to and maybe even kick it then. why even stay in washington? >> senator reid is the majority leader and is the one that determines what the agenda is on the senate flor. for the last three years senator reid has said we will not take up and pass a budget in the senate, and you're right. there's no good reason for us to be here if we're not going to make some of these tough decisions, cast tough votes. that's what we get paid for. that's what we should do, and that's what we should be held
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accountable for, but do nothing because the majority leader has said he doesn't want to put democratic incumbents -- >> but you all also blocked so much of the stuff that comes up. i imagine i could get senator durbin say that and i want to bring him into the conversation. but i mean, i think the country looks at this and it's pretty clear there's fault on both sides here. >> there are a couple -- about a dozen, maybe two dozen bills the house has passed that have come over to the senate that are dead on arrival because senator reid simply refuses to take them up. and, yes, when senator reid refuses to allow the minority and opportunity to offer amendments and debate amendments and vote on amendments, then we have no choice but to say, we have to protect the ma norni no right to have a voice heard. the people we represent can't be excluded because of senator reid's fiat. >> senator durbin, no kidding, why don't you guys just go home. no one expects anything big is going to happen. >> candy, i think a lot of
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people on cable are really protesting because the c-span channel has no activity on it. we lurch from mind numbing fill biser to the next. last tuesday we tried to bring up this provision, simple provision, which said don't let the interest rate on student loans double on july 1st to 6.8%. we called for a vote on tuesday and said open to amendments. not a single republican would street for it. we got stuck in another filibuster. let me just say the blame is on both sides to some extent, but if we're ever going to get anything done, we literally have to reach some level of agreement. i think about the bowles simpson commission. when tom coburn and i can both vote for this and say let's move forward and use this as a template, that should have been a moment, a teachable moment, for all the members of the senate and the houts. >> but it wasn't, so you can
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understand and see why people say they're just not going to do anything. do you agree with that, until after the elections you all aren't going to deal with the tough issues that have to do with the continuation of the tax cuts, or the stopping of the tax cuts. none of that is going to happen until after the november election? >> i think that's an honest appraisal, and i think it may have started with the republican leader mcconnell saying our job is to make sure obama is a one-term president. and so we had more filibusters than ever in the history of the united states senate. we just cannot take up anything constructive. the american voters have the last word in november. do they want to continue this kind of obstructionism or do they want to see something different? >> it seems like a waste of a year but i don't think i'm going to get you to agree on who is to blame. i want to move us into the political realm. mitt romney, the presumptive republican nominee, was at liberty university in lynchburg yesterday talking to the largest christian university certainly in the country. i want to play something he had to say.
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>> culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live matters. now, as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate from time to time. so it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. [ cheers and applause ] >> that was the biggest applause line, as you might imagine. the battle is clearly joined. we had the president coming out making history saying he favors gay marriage. i know senator durbin that you also believe gays should be allowed to marry. do you worry though that the president could lose some states, north carolina, missouri, some of those where the evangelical vote is very strong because of his same-sex positi position? >> i can tell you i don't think it was a political calculation by the president. i think it was a matter of conscience. he talked it over with his wife
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and his children, and i know i have talked to him over the years. it's a difficult issue, a real challenging issue, but i think the president came down on the ride side. this morning i took a look at loving versus virginia which i'm sure senator cornyn remembers, the 1967 supreme court decision which said the virginia law banning interracial marriages was a violation of the equality under the laws of due process. i think it comes down to the same basic principle. whether we're going to have marriage equality in this country. >> but do you think it could hurt the president politically in some of these swing states is the question. >> well, i don't think he's going to lose votes that he otherwise hadn't lost. i'm not sure the evangelicals were going to lean towards president obama anyway. >> senator cornyn, is this something that you think mitt romney ought to bring up frequently? is this an issue that you think is a winning issue for republicans? >> candy, president obama brought this issue up because he wants to -- he can't run on his
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record. let's put it that way. and so he's trying to raise divisive issues up to solidify his base and to divide the country, and that isn't what we should be focusing on now. we should be focusing on jobs and the economy. we have two looming things that are going to happen in december and january, and the president is awol on both the largest tax increase in american history that will occur when about 130 different tax provisions expire on december the 31st and a sequestration in january which will be a half a trillion dollars in what secretary panetta, his own secretary of defense, said would be disastrous cuts in the military. where is the president? he's raising issue that is aren't going to be resolved between now and then in an attempt to try to distract the country from his record. >> that's a no, you don't think this ought to be a focal point for mitt romney to campaign on. >> i think we ought to talk about what the american people want, and that is jobs and get the economy on track.
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they want to know what the president's plan is once the supreme court strikes down his -- the so-called affordable care act which we find out is the unaffordable care act, but when the supreme court rules in june, what's the president's plan? what's his plan "b"? >> i want to talk to both of you, senator durbin to you first. there was a story in "the washington post" this week with some firsthand accounts of mitt romney's high school years where certainly under any definition he was portrayed as a bully, apparently against a gay student. he said, look, i don't remember it. it certainly wasn't about the student being gay. do you think this story tells you anything about mitt romney? do you think this is an important point in a campaign where you start looking at who the person is? >> well, here is what it comes down to. i find it hard to believe that you couldn't remember that kind of an episode in your life, even if it occurred in high school.
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>> so you think he's lying? >> i'm going to say this -- well, i just say it's hard to believe he doesn't remember, but i will say this. there's not a single thing that i know about mitt romney in his adult life which suggests this kind of discrimination or this kind of prejudice. and so i don't believe it was a telling moment in terms of who he is today. it was obviously something he should regret and probably does deeply regret from his youth. >> senator, i want to just pick up on one more subject, and that is the defeat of senator lugar. he's been in the senate for more than 30 years. he was known as someone who would reach across the aisle. what does this say about republicans' desire to have someone who actually will work with the other side? >> well, what i think it says, candy, is that people are mad at what's happening in washington. the inaction that you have identified early on in important issues where we should be working together to deal with jobs and getting the economy back on track and where they see nothing but inaction, and so
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people are tired of just yelling at the tv set. they actually are going to turn out and vote and they did and they want to try new leaders, and that's what happened in indiana. by the way, we will hold that seat. mr. mourdoch is the state treasure earer there. we will miss him. >> senators, thank you both for joining us. i think people are still probably yelling at their tv sets but i thank you both very much for getting up and joining us. president obama evolves on same-sex marriage but republicans quickly pivot to more friendly ground. >> i believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the president and the democrats can talk about this all they want. the fact is the american people are focused on our economy, and they're asking a question, where
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. liberty university was founded by conservative activist and reverend the late jerry falwe falwell. the campus has become a bit of a must-go for republican politicians in search of the evangelical vote, which is why mitt romney was there yesterday. >> people of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose when there are so many differences in creed and theology. >> as a quick refresher course, mitt romney, a mormon, was not the first or second choice of evangelicals during the primary season. >> i think mitt romney is a good moral man but i think followers of christ should follow a competent christian to a competent nonchristian like mitt romney. >> but for all intents and purposes, it's the general
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election season now, and the choice is obama or romney, so it's different. a new poll by the public religion research institute shows they favor romney over president obama by 68% to 19%. but even if evangelicals will vote for romney, will they work for his election? will they stuff the envelopes? make the calls? galvanize other voters? >> i think the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle when it comes to the enthusiasm issue behind the romney campaign may have -- that piece may have been handed to him yesterday by the president. >> up next, two christian conservatives who oppose romney in the primaries, tony perkins, and gary bauer. all energy development comes with some risk,
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joining me now, two leading christian conservatives, gary bower and tony perkins. the presumptive nominee mitt romney had a much-anticipated speech at liberty university.
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you were there. >> i didn't make it down. i watched the speech. >> there has been much made about evangelicals being skeptical. i want to play a little bit for our viewers of something he had to say down at liberty. >> people of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose when there are so many differences in creed and theology. surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common world view. >> so not about religion, about values, that's where he went with that. is the mormon issue now off the table? >> well, i'm not sure how much it was on the table. look, i think in american politics values ends up being a major part of every election, even if it's not in the headlines. people look for candidates that they think share their views on the most important, deeply held things you care about in life, including family and faith and
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so forth. so while the media has been obsessed about this, i think on this coming november we're going to see that same coalition that's been there for many, many elections, that elected reagan twice, of people that believe in family and faith, et cetera, and i think mitt romney will do very well among christians. >> you know, it still is true that a number of evangelicals in particular don't see mormon as a christian religion. they are troubled by his mormonism but i think the question has never been will the conservative christian come out and vote for mitt romney. it's will they be, you know, enthused enough to run a phone bank for him. >> it's the intensity issue. >> right. >> which has been the problem all along. >> is it there yet? >> i think this was a great opportunity for mitt romney to go to liberty university, largest christian university in the world, and be able to speak to these issues, and i think he hit just the right tone. did he talk about the differences, and you can't gloss over the theological differences
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between the mormon faith and evangelicals, but he zeroed in on the common values. and people that have been involved in the states, 32 states that have worked on marriage, passing those marriage initiatives, the mormon church has been very involved working shoulder to shoulder with the evangelical church. i think he helped his campaign tremendously yesterday at liberty. >> what does he do from here on out to continue to court evangelicals, conservative ch s christia christians, and i think their problems with him had more to do with him on evolving positions like abortion and stem cell research. >> i don't like the concept of courting. i think what mitt romney needs to do is explain to the american people why he would be a great president, and i think you do that by giving your views on a whole range of issues, lower taxes, smaller government, strong national defense, marriage between a man and a woman, the sanctity of human life. that's not really courting
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people. that's giving the governing vision of people that believe in conservative reagan-type issues, and i think if he does, that he'll be very successful. i fully expect to be at his swearing in. i think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this one ill-conceived position that he's taken. >> you are, of course, talking about the president's position personally to say i support gay marriage, although it's up to the states to decide what they want to do about it. do you think this is something he should campaign on? in your -- even your immediate response to this was we all knew how the president felt about this, but where are the jobs? so is this really something that you this think helps mitt romney with the general public? >> well, i think, again, i have said this before, i don't think it should be the central point of his campaign. i think the way he addressed it yesterday is the way to do it. i don't think the way the
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republicans on capitol hill are addressing it saying it's a distraction. defending the family, the cornerstone of civil stone, is not a distraction. it should be a privaconcern. i don't know i would say he put this out there as a political distraction. i think this is who he is, but that's not where america is. every time a state -- >> but it kind of is where america is. if you look at the polling -- >> the polling is actually shifting. >> no. >> a little more than half of americans say gay marriage is fine. >> where do they live, candy? where do all these people live? 32 states have voted. it's always overwhelming. >> gallup shows in last year a six-point swing toward traditional marriage. as this president pushes this radical agenda, america realizes it's more than marriage. it's about education of our children. it's about religious freedom,
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it's about public accommodati s accommodations. it's a lot more than just marriage, and americans are catching onto that. >> let me play for you something that mitt romney said on thursday. he says that he is for, you know, relationships -- you know, that people ought to be able to live with who they want to live with and have relationships, and he had this to say about adoption. >> if two people the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, and even want to adopt a child, in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. in my view that's something which people have the right to do, but to call that a marriage is in my view a departure for the real meaning of that word. >> set aside marriage, gay adoptions, is that a palatable position for the christian right? >> well, look, he's right that it's a state issue. this is not something that a president affects one way or another. i think the big emergency in
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america is that too many of our children don't have mothers and fathers, not whether gays should be able to adopt or not. by the way, candy, one other quick thing, you said the president said let every state decide. what a joke. the defense of marriage act guarantees every state can can he side and he won't enforce it. his own justice department refuses to defend it. every time a state wants to vote on it, the president comes out and tells them to vote against traditional marriage. >> let me, tony, back to the evangelical community in general. this is a man who has said i am against abortion. i am for marriage between a man and a woman. i am for a strong defense. he has picked up every conservative issue and been on the right side of it. what more do you want from him? >> well, i just think he needs to continue talking about all of the issue that is are important to evangelical voters, and i think yesterday was a good start. he didn't dance around the issues. he talked about the common
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values that he shares with the evangelical community, and i'll have to say, candy, i think the president is what helped romney the most this week with his announcement. i've gotten calls from pastors across the nation, white and black pastors, who have said, you know what? i'm not sitting on the sidelines any longer. >> i need a two-word answer from both of you. your best vp pick for mitt romney. >> i would like to see -- i think bob ji jindal would be a good pick or mike huck bee. >> marco rubio. >> there you go. gentleman, gary bauer, tony perkins, thanks for joining us. >> happy mother's day. >> thank you very much. democratic governor john hickenlooper called his legislature back to deal with civil unions. he tells us why next. [ female announcer ] did you know the average person smiles more than 50 times a day? so brighten your smile a healthy way with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse.
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colorado banned same-sex marriage in 2006. advocates of change in the law may have some momentum from the president' s position. the legislature meets tomorrow and governor hickenlooper meets with us this morning. thank you so much for being here. do you think that the president's public position saying he personally favors gay
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marriage will hurt or help him in colorado this fall? it went for him pretty big, about nine points, four years ago. >> i think what the president's personal opinion is and how he's wrestled with this is just another example of who he is and the strength of his character. here is a guy who saved us from going into a depression who is able to bring down our worst enemy with some difficult decisions to really save the detroit auto industry. he takes -- he's done so much already, and yet he's still wrestling with personal decisions. but i don't think that's going to affect -- have much effect in colorado. we're really focused on civil unions. >> and does it help you, do you feel that you are evolving or struggling with the issue? how does the president's announcement change anything in your sort of personal outlook toward this issue? >> well, you know, in colorado we've been working -- my focus
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is to -- i don't think we should ever tell any church who they should marry, who they shouldn't marry. that's their right -- our system succeeds because our faith community can be such a great partner with government, but we don't ever get into their territory. but, you know, who gets the basic rights? those have to be shared with everyone, and wh you get to visit someone in a hospital room as friends and family, that's the kind of stuff we're addressing with civil unions. we had a majority, our senate is democratic, our house is republican, and three different committees in the house brought the civil union bill out. one of them, the republicans, had voted for, one is the chair of the joint budget committee. one is the others is the majority whip in the house. polls show that 75% of the people of colorado support civil unions, and that includes 56% of republicans and 82% independents. i mean, we're talking about trying to make sure everyone
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gets the same rights. >> you called your state lawmakers back into session to deal with civil unions and a couple of other issues they didn't get to in their regular session. and colorado republican house speaker frank mcnolty, who is opposed to the civil union legislation, had this to say about the timing. i suspect it's not coincidence the governor had president obama's top colorado political operatives shuttling in and out of his office. it could be more than coincidence that the president came out in favor of gay marriage and only hours later hickenlooper announced a special session. in what part does politics play in your decision to call this legislature back to deal with civil unions and to try to make them legal in colorado? >> well, first, they never came into my office. i don't know where frank got that or what he's even talking about. but, you know, oon the next to the last day of our legislative session, the civil unions bill
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came out of committees, and they just filibustered. they wouldn't let it come to the floor. when it died, 30 other bills died and these are importance to our businesses. there are over $60 million of water projects. we're reforming our unemployment insurance which is important to the business community. i had to call a special session to bring the legislature back to discuss it. once it's come out of our committees, our whole process allows us, almost demands for us, to be able to have an open debate and then let our elected leaders vote. >> do you think it will pass now that you have called them back in? do you thing that civil unions will be passed and approved in the colorado legislature? is it going to happen? >> i don't know. it depends on frank, speaker mcnulty. frank and i agree on tremendous -- 90% of the stuff, but on this issue he has the
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power to choose and he said he's going to start with a blank slate and pick new committees. that doesn't bode well. but i hope as he wrestles with this issue himself and recognizes that we're not talking about marriage. we're talking about civil unions and just making sure that people have the same rights. everyone has the same rights. we're not talking about marriage. >> some of the critics say that civil unions is the step right before gay marriage. do you agree with that? >> well, in colorado we have, as you pointed out at the top of the show, we have an amendment on our constitution that said -- that bans same-sex marriage. so we're very focused on civil unis. again, we don't want to tell any church who they should or should not marry but we want to make sure every citizen -- i spent almost 20 years in the restaurant business, and you work side by side with all different kinds of people, right? and you learn that they are --
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they work just as hard, make the same sacrifices. they deserve the same rights. >> finally just a question on a different subject. you are unemployment right at 7.8% has been on a downward trajectory. because of that your rate is low enough that colorado is being taken off the list of states that qualify for federal benefits for the long-term unemployed. is that going to make a big difference in your state? >> well, obviously we still have a large number, over 20,000 people, have that been out of work for over 18 months. so it is still challenging, but we're blessed to have an economy that is coming back. some businesses are moving in here. there's a lot of the -- our businesses are hiring people so that helps. you know, our nuggets lost in the seventh game last night to the lakers, so that's going to set us back just a teeny bit for a day or two. >> i'm sorry about that. >> i think -- i know. we're all a little bit in mourning. but i think our economy is coming back, and i think that's,
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you know, even though we lose a little bit of that support for the unemployed, we'll make it up by being able to get them jobs more rapidly. >> democratic governor john hick be looper from colorado, thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. an al qaeda plot filed, and a spy loses his cover. >> this isn't an ordinary leak. this really was extremely serious and could have been extremely damaging and still may be. >> the politics of national security with the leaders of the congressional homeland security committees. i went to a small high school. the teacher that comes to mind for me is my high school math teacher, dr. gilmore. i mean he could teach. he was there for us, even if we needed him in college. you could call him, you had his phone number. he was just focused on making sure
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killed eight suspected militants in southern yemen. the u.s. state department may be on the verge of eliminating a training program for iraqi police officers. officials tell "the new york times" that the multibillion dollar program will now send just 50 american law enforcement officers to iraq instead of 350. the program was supposed to be the centerpiece of the u.s. civilian mission. it has already cost u.s. taxpayers $500 million. soccer fans in turkey went ballistic after their team lost the league championship in a 0-0 tie. spectators stormed the field, lit flares, and battled with police before spilling onto the streets. amid the broken windows and vandalized cars, there were no reports of injuries. and those are your headlines. the race between al qaeda's evolving tactics and the 1u6789 efforts to stop them. with homeland security chairman joe lieberman and peter king.
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chairmen of the senate and house homeland secure committees, independent senator joseph lieberman and republican congressman peter king. thank you both so much. i want to talk to you first about this breaking news we have of the former taliban minister who had been helping with trying to brick the taliban into the peace process is basically assassinated this morning. congressman king, do you have any feel for how much impact this might have on u.s. efforts to get out, frankly? >> well, i think all of these incompetence dents show how difficult it still is in afghanistan and quite frankly, i think we should not be giving these target dates for getting out. and it just shows again how tough afghanistan is, that we shouldn't be leaving prematurely, and there's a lot of work on the ground that has to be done, and it's a very dangerous place in the world. but the real expert is joe lieberman. he spends a lot of time in afghanistan. i think he would agree that is really a very, very tough
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situation. we made a lot of progress, especially under general petraeus and general allen, but more does remain to be done. >> if i would read the tea leaves, it says the taliban is not the least bit interested in peace talks. >> yeah, i agree. they're not interested in genuine peace talks. i mean, we have been reintegrating lower level taliban who have come back over to the side of the afghan national security forces over the last couple of years, but the people at the top of the taliban in my opinion are not interested in reconciliation. this is the second murder of this kind of somebody high up in afghanistan who turned and tried to be a peacemaker. so it's obvious they don't want peace right now, and until we continue and unlegs ss we conti to put pressure on the taliban they will never come to the table and have genuine peace negotiations. i think the important message here is to the policymakers right up to the president about the pace of withdrawal of our
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forces from afghanistan. right now we're going to take out about 30,000 that are there now by the end of this year. the big debate will be what to do with the remaining 68,000. i think general allen, our commander in afghanistan, has made clear that he wants to leave that 68,000 there through the end of the fighting season in afghanistan which would be through the fall or early winter. i sure hope the president as commander in chief supports general allen's. because i think it's the right one and the murder yesterday in kabul makes that very clear. >> conm congressman, let me mov you on to this discovery or really sort of an intelligence victory of getting ahold of a suicide bomb that r, sort of the underwear come take two. through the use of an undercover -- apparently a saudi operative who was working either for the saudis or for the cias. huge leak on who this guy was. you have criticized it. where do you think the big
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damage is that leaks came out about how we came to have this bomb? >> well, first of all, this was an extraordinary accomplishment for the intelligence services of the u.s. and other countries as well. secondly, nothing has been declassified and nothing has been made official as to where this person was from or who he was engaged by other than the fact that the united states was also involved. the danger here is that because -- remember, this was more secret than any operation i'm familiar with, even more secret than bin laden's. the speaker of the house who is second in line to be president was not told about it. near chairman or the ranking members of the intelligence committees were told about, it yet the associated press apparently have the entire story and since then more and more details have come out. this caused the operation to be -- first of all, it put people's lives at risk. secondly, it caused the operation to be cut short before it could get all the information that could have been gotten, and it also sends a signal to countries willing to work with us that we can't be trusted to
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keep it secret if, in fact, we're the ones who leaked it out. that's why i'm saying the fbi has do is full and complete investigation because this really is criminal in the literal sense of the world to leak out this type of sensitive, classified information on really almost unparalleled penetration of the enemy. what we were able to get in, as close as we did was unprecedented. >> senator lieberman, a quick question for you, we see now they've sort of upgraded the underwear bomb and the question i think we hear from the a lot of people is are we equally upgrading our defenses here? is the tsa up to snuff? are we ready to take on the next level of terrorist interest in coming after the u.s.? >> the answer is that we are. the amazing -- one of the amazing results of this courageous and brilliant counterterrorism operation was that we not only stopped a
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planned terrorist attack on a u.s. airplane, but we got the device. we got the bomb. and the fbi has gone over it, and we have a very clear idea now of how they have changed their tactics. the good news is since the underwear bomb attempt a few years, we've changed our defenses. the odds are pretty good that our systems, multilayered as they are, would have detected this device before the individual carrying it could have gotten on a plane. but now we know what this device looks like and how they've changed it exactly. we assume there are others out there like this, and we're going to alter our defenses to meet the new threat. so the answer is yes, tsa and all of our intelligence services deserve a lot of credit and our defenses are getting higher than ever. >> which is good news i think for all of us. stand by, both of you, for a minute. congress is getting an update on the secret service sex scandal. we'll get a preview. and later we remember the man who never set out to write
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to the secret service stemming from the prostitution scandal in columbia. what is will still that you don't know that you need to know? >> well, i think the secret service has done a really thorough job in investigating what happened and director mark sullivan, and, of course, they've got a greater motivation than anybody because of their pride in the agency and how upset they are about what happened, but our committee -- i met with director sullivan during last week, and we're going to hold a public hearing. i haven't announced it, but first i'll announce it this morning. on may 23rd in which we're going to have director mark sullivan of the secret service and the acting inspector general of the department of homeland security. two kinds of questions. one is the inspector general satisfied with the investigation of what happened that the credit
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service did? secondly, were there indications before the column bian scandal of behavior by secret service agents off duty, on assignment, that should have been a warning that this was coming, and then, third, what are you going to do, director sullivan, and make sure that nothing like this ever happens again? this is really a heart breaking incident, and really a dangerous incident, and we really have to make sure it never does happen again. >> congressman, let me ask you. the point number two from senator lieberman goes at this question of the culture of the secret service. that is, is this something that sort of happens and was winked at or people looked away from it? are you convinced that the cartegna scandal. are you equally concerned about the so-called culture issue in the secret service? >> well, we've certainly looked into that and looked carefully at what supposedly happened in el salvador, and i'm sure there have been incidental over the years, but i feel fairly
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confident in saying this. it's not part of a culture. i've spoken to people in this administration, previous administrations who worked closely with the secret service. they were very surprised by this. i've spoken with retired secret service agents as well. again, i believe this was the exception. i don't believe it was tolerated. i have known mark sullivan for a number of years, and i just think the way he has carried out this investigation has been very forward. from working closely with the secret service and also using our own sources, it seems that everything that the secret service is saying about what happened is what happened as we compare it with other sources and the information we're getting. i can say, for instance, the other day i got a cull -- my office got a call from the lawyer from the prostitute involved asking to come and meet with me in washington. we're not going to do that. i think that would just add to a circus atmosphere. i think that whatever has to be done should be done in the way joe lieberman is doing it, the way i'm trying to do it. this is a very, very outstanding
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agency. the secret service. we have to not tear down their reputation while getting out. >> a phone call you never thought you would be getting as a congressman. >> i haven't gotten that call yet, candy. >> senator lieberman, thank you both so much. happy mother's day to the women in your lives. >> happy mother's day to you, candy. >> happy mother's day to you, candy. >> thank you. this mother's day a wild tribute to the genius who made millions of mothers and their children smile. great shot.
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finally, a mother's day salute to a mother's helper. a man with a bedtime story and annie time story really read across the generations. >> when i was really small, i used to love this book that they just made a movie out of called "where the wild things are." >> i love that book. >> the night max wore his wolf suit and made miss chief of one kind. >> his mother called him wild thing. >> and max said i'll eat you up, and so he was sent to bed without eating anything. >> writer and illustrator maurice died this week.
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time magazine called him the picaso of children's literature. the "new york times" city was the norman mailer of children's books, which is funny because he didn't see himself that way. >> why write for children? >> i don't write for children. >> you don't? >> no. i write, and somebody says that's for children. >> 13 sentences and fewer than 40 pages. "where the wild things are" revolutionize the modern children's literature. previously dominated by the white picket fence genre. >> and when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars. [ roaring ] >> and they nashed their terrible teeth. >> and rolled their terrible eyes. and showed their terrible claws. >> max conquers the wild things and returns home to a meal that was still hot.